REDDING, Calif. -

Tuesday is IHOP's National Pancake Day fundraiser.

The IHOP restaurants on Hilltop Drive in Redding and Business Lane in Chico will participate in the free pancake giveaway,      

The promotion runs until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The short stacks of pancakes are free, but you are encouraged to make a donation to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, that includes U.C. Davis Children's Hospital.

IHOP served 4.5 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2013 and pancake lovers donated nearly $3 million to children's charities.

All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2013 would create a stack nearly 13 miles high.

Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $13 million and given away more than 22 million pancakes to support charities in the communities where it operates.